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Brass frame timing

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by DrLaw, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. DrLaw

    DrLaw Active Member

    Mar 24, 2007
    Wild Western Illinois
    I know we have seen posts about brass frames on revolvers before, but they have been about the frames failing for the most part (they don't).

    However, ol' Turner Kirkland used to say in his catalog that brass frame guns over time get out of time.

    How about it, any truth to that from you LONG TIME brass frame owners out there?

    The Doc is out and curious now (as there is a brass-frame Pietta that intrigues him) :cool:
  2. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Mentor

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    I don't know about Pietta, but I have two lower-end "brass" frame revolver replicas from the 1970s and over time the brass frames will stretch to where the cylinder has more fore-and-aft play in the frame, and the cylinder hand has to reach out further if it hopes to rotate the cylinder. It also means a larger cylinder gap and loss of power. For forty odd years, I have heard the advice to buy a steel frame cap'n'ball revolver if you intend to do a lot of shooting.

    If the "brass" is actually gunmetal or red brass that is actually a form of bronze and is tougher than brass. (IIRC the Winchester 1866 "yellow boy" had a gunmetal frame.) Brass is copper and zinc; bronze is copper and tin; gunmetal is copper, tin and zinc.
  3. beko

    beko New Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    your not a lone i have the Pietta, as well brass frame 58 rem and it too has a timing problem do not use the pellets in the gun 24 rounds and it was done for. use 3f, fff, in 20 gran max not 25 or 30, you will see the dif tighter groups, less kick.

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